Inside the Fire: Inferno Squad Review

Nothing can stop the Empire! In the immediate aftermath of the first Death Star’s destruction, a new Imperial special forces team is formed to deal with the growing threat of well-informed rebel cells. And these aren’t just any run-of-the-mill rebels – these terrorists are the direct successors to the extremist Saw Gerrera! Read on to get some insight on the exciting Battlefront II novel from Christie Golden.

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May the Fourth is Here!

Happy Star Wars day everyone! Enjoy binging the movies, buying collectibles, or avenging our Emperor! Whatever it is you do, may the Force of others be with you. 

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Black Series: AT-ACT Driver (Review)

I’ve been a little busy planning a wedding and I’m getting over a nasty head cold. Now that I’m better, what better way to celebrate with a new Stormtrooper! This Target exclusive is part of the Rogue One set of figures, though I don’t actually remember ever seeing this trooper in the film. Speaking of the film, the home DVD/blu ray release is this Tuesday, April 4th. So there’s no time like the present to revisit Rogue One’s new Imperial trooper variants!

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Black Series: The Scarif Stormtroopers

Tying the end of the Clone Wars into the Galactic Civil War era, Scarif Stormtroopers aka Shore Troopers feature Imperial-style armor with Clone-esque customizations. Rogue One gave us a great story and some new Stormtrooper variants to stand alongside the mighty ranks of the Empire. Continue reading “Black Series: The Scarif Stormtroopers”

Black Series: Director Krennic

Time for some more Black Series to start the year! This currently semi-rare figure was a Christmas gift from my loving fiance, and it’s easily one of my favorite recent figures. The new body mold gives me hope that some more Imperial officers (and their weird space riding pants) will join Hasbro’s figure line.

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To Us, She Was Royalty

I had a bad feeling about today but I had no idea it would turn out like this. When I heard the news that Carrie Fisher had passed (after hearing it through some miscommunication I should say – the details seemed muddy, and the last I heard, she was recovering) I almost couldn’t believe it. 2016 hasn’t been kind in regards to the passing of prolific people, but it’s important to remember that the people who leave us live on through their actions in life, and in our fond memories.

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Hope in Dark Times: A Rogue One Recap

If I could review Rogue One in one sentence it’d be exactly what I leaned over and whispered to my fiance in the theater right around 15-20 minute mark of this film; “I need to ask them to pause so I can pick up my jaw.” Sure, it has some flaws and nitpicks, but the film is that good. Go see it. If you haven’t, don’t bother reading this. Google a showtime and go. You’ll thank me later (and probably LucasFilm to a greater extent, but whatever)

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Death Stars and Dinner Parties: A Recap of James Luceno’s Catalyst

Where do I begin with recapping Catalyst? It’s a great novel by James Luceno, one of my favorite Star Wars authors who also wrote some of my other Star Wars books – Tarkin in the new canon, and Labyrinth of Evil, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, and Darth Plagueis to name a few of his fantastic Legends works. I can’t call this a genuine review; I’d simply gush too much about this book. So instead, I’ve decided to put together a recap with no-spoiler and spoiler sections in preparation for Rogue One: A Star Wars story, which comes to theaters December 16th. Continue reading “Death Stars and Dinner Parties: A Recap of James Luceno’s Catalyst”

The Big Guns (Mini-MOCs)

I’ve been so busy Christmas shopping (read: hunting down Black Series figures) lately that I haven’t had much time for Lego! So tonight I tried putting together some heavy-weapons stormtroopers for my growing Empire.

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If you saw the Clone Wars Micro Series from 2003 then this guy might look familiar. Or if you’re playing Star Wars Commander on your phone, it was updated with Rogue One content and there’s a heavy Scariff Stormtrooper who also wields this. . .well, rather unwieldy weapon. Seriously, this guy is a one-man artillery unit. I really like how the ‘droid arm’ pieces overlap the shoulders, but the helmet definitely doesn’t fit with those in place. So yes, he’s a little taller than he should be. I put a 1×1 round stud in the helmet just to make sure it would actually attach to the head. You can see the almost perfect angle a bit better down below.

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Another throwback of sorts, I armed two other troopers with matching Z-6 rotary blaster-style weapons. The technic piece on the end of the blaster gives the effect of having multiple spinning barrels, and the gas pump handles replicate the hand grips needed to handle such a weapon.20161203_193224.jpg

And what would all this firepower be without someone to tell you what to point it at? This artillery spotter directs the big guns straight at the waves of the Emperor’s enemies. He’s made using all the pieces of a heavy combat driver minus the face, which I swapped out to make another custom figure.

Leave me a comment if you like these weapons, or if you have any feedback at all! I’ll be trying to do more Lego posts and I’ll undoubtedly be picking up some more Rogue One sets once the movie comes out and I want everything I saw (even more so because I want them all already!) Thanks for reading!

-David